A Life In The Rye
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A Life In The Rye NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

This new work looks at J.D.Salinger’s life and the impact that “Catcher In The Rye” had on him, his fans, and the world.

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Member Reviews (15)

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703 Reviews | 213 Followers
83
Artistic, Long, Deep, Serious, Intense

See it if Powerful bio. Unable to cope with fame and PTSD, Salinger goes into reclusion with his fictional characters. Large well-directed cast.

Don't see it if You don't like bios. You want a happy experience. Weighty 1 hr 40 mins in a basement theater w/no intermission. Read more

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
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Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Salinger, great theater or both. The production keeps most of the performers on stage & in character throughout. Effective!

Don't see it if you expect this biographical piece to be a realistic drama. It is chronological but jumps through time with two men playing Salinger.

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
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Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if About JD Salinger life and his writing. See good acting.

Don't see it if 2 hrs, not a happy story. Read more

333 Reviews | 87 Followers
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Clever, uneven script, Uneven, but game cast, Long, slow, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Curious about Salinger and how he got that way.

Don't see it if You're not up for a lengthy near 2-hour bio much in need of trimming. Well imagined and staged in Theatre For a New City's tight space.

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254 Reviews | 197 Followers
85
Some really good acting, Informative about jd's life influences, Interesting, Intelligent

See it if NYPLibrary/ 5th Av has a Salinger exhibit. I went before the show. Attending heightened my understanding of JDS & the show. Try to see it.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in Salinger. You like a straight line, story show. You do not believe fine theater happens in small, rough spaces.

203 Reviews | 78 Followers
93
Rye or die

See it if Love J.D. Salinger and the literary world.

Don't see it if Hate commuting to and from the East Village and sitting in a basement for two hours. Read more

112 Reviews | 52 Followers
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Great directing!, Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Great acting

See it if U are fascinated in lifting the veil of mystery from one of America’s most influential writers & super private celebrity. Erudite research.

Don't see it if U r not fan of literary figures & prefer light entertainment. U like straight & narrow linear storytelling without time & dual role switches Read more

95 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a tight, well acted, well directed play about one of the 20th Century's greatest American writers.

Don't see it if You don't like JD Salinger or have no interest in leaning about the man behind the works of A Catcher In The Rye or Franny & Zooey.

Critic Reviews (1)

BroadwayWorld
November 11th, 2019

"The New Legacy of J.D. Salinger in Solnik's 'A LIFE IN THE RYE'"
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